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Ara Güler: Famous Photographer of Istanbul

Who is Ara Güler?

Ara Guler (1928), a world-wide famous photographer of Istanbul known as one of the masters of photography in Turkey and the world, was born on August 16, 1928 in Istanbul.

When he was at high school he started off taking drama lessons because he wanted to be a playwriter. He started his photography career at the Yeni Istanbul newspaper. He also worked for Time-Life, Paris-Match and Der Stern as Middle East correspondant.

In the course of his career he won many national and international prizes, wrote books, published photo albums and held exhibitions. Most importantly, he did photo interviews with many famous people: Ismet Inonu, Winston Churchill, Indira Ghandi, John Berger, Bertrand Russell, Bill Brandt, Alfred Hitchcock, Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Salvador Dali, Maria Callas, Fikret Mualla and even Picasso, who always refused to be photographed. Because of his distinctive documentary style,  Ara Güler holds a distinguished place in the history of photography.

Despite his age, he continues his adventures in photography by continuing to show life through his pictures.

Ara Café

Ara Café named after Ara Güler, world wide famous Istanbulian photographer is located next to Yapı Kredi bookstore near Galatasaray High School in Beyoglu. You can enjoy the delicious meals and the great photos on the walls taken by Ara Güler. Islak kek (wet cake) is recommended by Ara Cafe regulars.

Tomtom Mahallesi Tosbag Sok. No: 8/A Beyoglu Istanbul

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